Sunday, 2 July 2017

Blog Tour and Guest Post - Alice in Theatreland buy Julia Roberts



What They Say:

It’s summer 1976; London is languishing in the sultry heat. Beautiful and talented nineteen-year-old, Alice Abbott, arrives in the city with high hopes of one day seeing her name up in lights but first she must impress Richard, the producer of a new West End show, Theatreland.

Alice is befriended at the audition by the more experienced Gina, who, although burdened by her own dark secrets, is determined to protect the newcomer from the sleaze behind the glamour. She also attracts attention from the male lead in the show, Peter, a former pop star struggling to escape his playboy reputation.

Alice’s star seems to be rising as fast as the temperature until she naively accepts an impromptu dinner invitation from Richard. What happened that night? And how far will Richard go to protect his guilty secret?

Guest Post

Thanks very much Jo for inviting me on to your blog to talk about my latest novel Alice in Theatreland, which is set in the West End theatre world of London in 1976. 
From the audience point of view, stage productions are all glitz and glamour but the reality on the other side of the footlights can be far from the polished productions we all applaud particularly when there is a despicable impresario like Richard involved.
Richard, who we meet in chapter two, is the main villain of the piece, cruel and thoughtless to his wife, Anita, and harbouring a secret desire for innocent young dancers, but there are a few other seriously unpleasant characters.
In the excerpt below, we meet Franco who is the boss of a 'hostess' club, The Ostrich, where Alice's new found friend, Gina, is working while also rehearsing for Theatreland. Gina believes Franco may have mafia connections and is justifiably afraid of him...

I hope that you have enjoyed the excerpt and that you will enjoy reading about all the characters (there are some nice ones too) as much as I enjoyed writing about them. 

Excerpt 

‘My office. Now.’

Gina’s head shot upright from the position where her chin had been resting on her chest. Franco was towering above her, his face like thunder and the podgy, balding American, whose business selling greetings cards had made him a millionaire but not a very interesting one, was drumming his fingers in an aggravated manner on the table. As Gina eased out of the private booth, she could hear Franco apologising profusely and offering the customer a bottle of Moet on the house.

Shit, Gina thought, I’m for it now. Momentarily she debated whether or not to make a run for it but what would be the point? Franco knew where she lived and he would have no hesitation in sending the boys round to rough her up a little. Imagine if I turned up to rehearsals tomorrow with a black eye or worse, she thought. 

Four and a half weeks of burning the candle at both ends had finally caught up with Gina. She was up each morning at 7.30 to get to rehearsals for 9, getting home at 7 for a couple of hours sleep before cabbing it in to the Ostrich Club for 10.30. Even on quiet nights she wasn’t allowed to leave until half past two, which meant crawling in to bed an hour later for four hours sleep before the whole routine started over. 

It was little wonder that she had dozed off as the boring American droned on and on about the global expansion of his company meaning he was constantly travelling away from his wife and family. Earlier in the evening, he had shown her a photo of his wife wearing a swimming costume, crown and a sash with the words Miss Idaho on it. Apparently, that was how they had met. As a successful local businessman, he had been one of the judges in the beauty pageant and the newly-crowned Miss Idaho, who must have been thirty years his junior, had fallen head over heels with the dashing and scintillating Mr “Cards R Us”. It clearly had nothing to do with his millions of dollars, Gina thought, as she perched on the edge of her chair waiting for Franco to finish trying to sort out the mess she had caused.

‘You’ll pay for that bottle of Moet out of your wages,’ Franco said from behind her, his voice laced with ice. ‘I don’t know what’s been wrong with you this past couple of weeks, Gina. You used to be one of my best girls but carry on like this and I’ll have to get rid of you.’

Gina sat perfectly still, not daring to even blink. What did he mean by “get rid of you”? she wondered.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Julia Roberts’ passion for writing began when, at the age of ten, after winning second prize in a short story-writing competition, she announced that she wanted to write a book. After a small gap of forty-seven years, and a career in the entertainment industry, Julia finally fulfilled her dream in 2013 when her first book, a memoir entitled One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, was published by Preface Publishing. Two weeks later she had the idea for her first novel, Life’s a Beach and Then…, book one in the Liberty Sands Trilogy, which was released in May 2015.
Julia still works full-time as a Presenter for the TV channel QVC, where she has recently celebrated her twenty-third anniversary.
She now lives in Ascot with her partner of thirty-nine years and occasionally one or other of her adult children and their respective cats.

You can find out more about Julia and her upcoming books on her Facebook page www.facebook.com/JuliaRobertsTV and her website www.juliarobertsauthor.com
You can also follow her on Twitter @JuliaRobertsTV

By Julia Roberts
Life’s a Beach and Then… (Liberty Sands trilogy, book one)
If He Really Loved Me… (Liberty Sands trilogy, book two)
It’s Never Too Late to Say… (Liberty Sands trilogy, book three)
Time for a Short Story
The Shadow of Her Smile (free short story on www.juliarobertsauthor.com)
One Hundred Lengths of the Pool

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Blog Blitz and Review - Summer at Buttercup Beach By Holly Martin

What They Say:

Pull up a deck chair and bask in the beautiful sunshine on Buttercup Beach. The sand is warm, the sea is sparkling blue and romance is sizzling in the air…
For two years Freya Greene has hidden the fact that she’s totally and utterly in love with her best friend Rome Lancaster. It’s not been easy – they work together in his glasswork business, she lives above his workshop and, he’s completely gorgeous. But Rome has never shown any sign of returning those feelings. Until now…
Lately, they’ve shared affectionate touches and words heavy with meaning. Yet Freya knows Rome has a damaged heart. After losing his fiancé in a tragic accident, he’s not allowed himself to fall in love.
Freya has already had her heart broken by a man who couldn’t let go of a past love. Can she risk it happening again? Rome and Freya have a friendship that could blossom into something more. Are they both brave enough to take that chance?
Fall in love on Hope Island with the perfect romantic story to escape into this summer. For fans of Miranda Dickinson, Sarah Morgan and Jane Costello.

What I Say:
I would like to thank Holly Martin and Bookouture for approving me to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I have to say Holly has done it again with her lovely sweeping story of love and heartbreak showing the way for a heart to heal after tragedy.

I fell in love with Freya and Rome is Holly's previous book but this can be read as a stand alone without needing to know anything from the first book as Holly keeps the reader informed every step of the way.

There is also plenty of laughs along the way, which is the highlight of all Holly's stories and she doesn't over do the descriptive writing but gives you just enough to pull you in and want to find out more.

Rome is another of Holly's hot heroes who had me swooning in parts and my heartbreaking in others as he struggled with his feelings.  Freya is a lovely character and I really did feel for her.



About The Author
Holly Martin

Holly lives in a little white cottage by the sea. She studied media at university which led to a very glitzy career as a hotel receptionist followed by an even more glamorous two years working in a bank. The moment that one of her colleagues received the much-coveted carriage clock for fifteen years’ service was the moment when she knew she had to escape. She quit her job and returned to university to train to be a teacher. Three years later, she emerged wide-eyed and terrified that she now had responsibility for the development of thirty young minds. She taught for four years and then escaped the classroom to teach history workshops, dressing up as a Viking one day and an Egyptian High Priestess the next. But the long journeys around the UK and many hours sat on the M25 gave her a lot of time to plan out her stories and she now writes full time, doing what she loves.

Holly has been writing for 8 years. She was shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romance. Her short story won the Sunlounger competition and was published in the Sunlounger anthology. She won the Carina Valentine’s competition at the Festival of Romance 2013 with her novel The Guestbook. She was shortlisted for Best Romantic Read, Best eBook and Innovation in Romantic Fiction at the Festival of Romance 2014. She is the bestselling author of 18 books

Follow her on Twitter @HollyMAuthor



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Blog Tour and Review - The Accidental Honeymoon by Portia MacIntosh



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The Accidental Honeymoon
by Portia MacIntosh
Released: June 16, 2017
Harper Collins
Blurb:
What happens in Vegas…When Georgie discovers that her fiancé has been cheating on her, only a few days before her cousin’s wedding, her whole world explodes. Facing a romantic trip to Vegas alone, she decides to go out and have some fun…
…but Georgie never expected to wake up wed! And even worse, she can’t remember who to. So when gorgeous Jack reveals himself as her husband, she can’t believe her luck – he’ll act as the perfect wedding date!
Even if it is their very accidental honeymoon, surely the newlyweds can keep their emotions in check for just a few days more?
Don’t miss the laugh-out-loud romantic comedy from Portia MacIntosh, author of It’s Not You, It’s Them. Perfect for fans of Rosie Blake, Sophie Kinsella and Lindsey Kelk.

What I Say:

Guest review by Gemma Hughes
I would like to thank HQ Digital for approving me to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.


The accidental honeymoon..... fab book from start to finish, loved the story and the fact it was written about a place that's not too far away from me. Reading this book after reading all of Portia's books and it's just what I expected from her, all her books have been brill. 

What happens in Vegas.... poor Georgie never expected her boyfriend to cheat on her but waking up after a night in Vegas to find she is married was truly unexpected..........but who to? Going back home from L.A to her family in Blackpool a family wedding but will her husband reveal himself?? All these questions kept me glued to each page until I had finished the book.  An absolutely amazing fun story.

Only one way to find out, read the book I can assure you, you will not be disappointed! 

Thank you, Portia Macintosh, for another fab read.


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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Portia_MacIntosh_The_Accidental_Honeymoon?id=XSQPDgAAQBAJ
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34472959-the-accidental-honeymoon
Guest Post
When it comes to actually writing something, and then actually letting other people read it, you realise quite quickly that you’re going to need a very thick skin if you’re going to succeed.
First up, if your work is being published, you’ll have to go through the editorial process, where multiple people will tell you everything that is wrong with that thing you’ve been pouring your heart and soul into for months. And you know it’s part of the job, and you know that these people know what they’re talking about, but it’s still tough to take.
Then your books go to reviewers – another very important part of the process – and for the most part their reviews are fair and they make very valid points. Every now and then though, you will encounter a reader who not only didn’t like your book, but they feel like they need to express this online, and they’re not going to pull any punches. When this happens, you remind yourself that not everyone is going to like your book, just like you haven’t liked every book you’ve ever read, but it’s still hard to read when they’re laying into you plot, your characters, your writing style and sometimes even who you are as a person.
The best way to deal with this is to just accept it, and learn to ignore it. You can’t please everyone and that’s fine. Read reviews if you want, but don’t get upset if they’re not great. They won’t all be great.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I put my book out there and ask for people to tell me what they think, but it’s a bit like asking your boyfriend if your bum looks big – you can’t exactly be upset if he says yes, can you? Actually, scrap that last bit. The answer to questions about how you look never be anything less than be amazing.

Author Info:
Portia MacIntosh has been 'making stuff up' for as long as she can remember - or so she says. Whether it was blaming her siblings for that broken vase when she was growing up, blagging her way backstage during her rock chick phase or, most recently, whatever justification she can fabricate to explain away those lunchtime cocktails, Portia just loves telling tales. After years working as a music journalist, Portia decided it was time to use her powers for good and started writing novels. Taking inspiration from her experiences on tour with bands, the real struggle of dating in your twenties and just trying to survive as an adult human female generally, Portia writes about what it's really like for women who don't find this life stuff as easy as it seems.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://portiamacintosh.wixsite.com/books
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/macintoshportia/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/PortiaMacIntosh
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7021666.Portia_Macintosh

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Friday, 2 June 2017

Cover Reveal - The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Elysees by Rebecca Raisin


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What is French for falling in love?

When Del leaves small town America to compete in a perfume competition in Paris, she thinks it is just the next step on her five-year-plan. It’s an exciting opportunity. What started out as just a dream for Del and her twin sister is nearly in her grasp. If she wins this competition, they are on their way to opening their very own perfume boutique!

Arriving in Paris, watching the sun glinting off the Seine and wandering the Champs-Elysees, Del discovers the most perfect perfumery she’s ever seen. Yet, as the competition dawns Del realises that whilst she might have had the best nose in her small village, her competitors seem to know more than she could ever have dreamed. This competition isn’t going to be easy…

Del has the romance of Paris to sweep her away from her worries, but as the competition heats up, so does her desire for that which she cannot have! If only the dashing owner Sébastien didn’t smell so seductive, look so handsome and make her heart flutter like it never has before. They say love smells as sweet as a red rose in bloom, but Del would tell anyone that true love can’t be bottled – it’s beautiful and unique to everyone…even herself. With everything on the line for her future, can Del really let a little attraction get in the way of securing her dreams?



Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Blog Tour and Review - Save The Date (Chicago on Ice Series #3) by Aven Ellis



Save The Date

Chicago on Ice Series #3 - Can be read as standalone
230 pages
Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 17 May 2017

Chicago event planner Collins Brady knows how to make the magic happen for her clients. From elaborate weddings to cute baby showers, Collins knows what to do to make an experience breathtakingly perfect. In her mind, she adds the sparkle that makes everything shine.
If only she had that same sparkle in her personal life.
While she’s good at her job, her true career dreams lie elsewhere. If she could do anything, it would be to become an equestrian riding instructor. That dream, however, is shelved due to practicality. And that’s not the only thing Collins has shelved. After ending a relationship with her college sweetheart, Collins has taken her heart out of the game, too. She wonders if that magical kind of love can exist. But maybe it’s only a fantasy.
Or is it? All of that changes the night she meets Luca Ballerini, the rookie goalie for the Chicago Buffaloes. Passionate and fiercely determined, Luca has only made time for hockey in his life—until he meets Collins. Her spark hasn’t escaped him, and now Luca wants something other than his hockey career.
But following their dreams and hearts isn’t always easy. Can Collins and Luca find a way to live their dreams with each other?
Will love get past them? Or will this goalie make a perfect save of Collins’ heart?

I would like to thank Aven Ellis for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I don't know what I can say about Aven's books that I haven't already said before, with each story I become more invested in the book and the ups and downs of each character. As with every book Aven's writing grows as does each character.

The female lead in the Collins has here dreams but she has put them on hold because she doesn't want to let anyone down. She meets Luca the ambitious young goalie for the Chicago Buffalo's and both of them grow and learn from each other. Luca is a super hot goalie with a great career head of him but his life is missing the love of a good woman. Collins and a Luca are a perfect match for each other.

This is a fabulous romantic read with added drama and a few familiar characters. Aven;s books always leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling in the end and I want to read more straight away.



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About the Author



I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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Website/Blog - http://avenellis.com/


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

COVER REVEAL FORGETTING YOU, FORGETTING ME Monica James

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MONICA JAMES COVER REVEAL
FORGETTING YOU, FORGETTING ME
Monica James

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Series: Memories From Yesterday Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 26th 2017
German Rights sold to: Heyne, Random House


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My name is Lucy Tucker, and my life…it was perfect.


I worked the dream job. I had the most incredible family and friends. My home, Whispering Willows, a ranch in Montana, was everything I could ever wish for. My adoring fiancé, Samuel Stone, loved me unconditionally.


I had everything a girl could ever want.


But one fateful event shattered my perfect life. It’s unimaginable how simple, ordinary words can change a person’s life forever. For me those words were, “There’s been an accident.”


I thought Sam was my forever, but that forever came to a close the day Saxon Stone, Sam’s identical twin brother, came back. Saxon returned to Montana to help save Sam, however, the moment he entered my life, he turned my world upside down. But through chaos I somehow found clarity—clarity of who I was meant to be.


As time progressed, as seasons changed, and as a fire began to burn, I soon realized that Saxon was there for another reason…he was there to help save me.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, and the U.K.
Monica James resides in Melbourne, Australia, with her wonderful family, and menagerie of animals. She is slightly obsessed with cats, chucks, and lip gloss, and secretly wishes she was a ninja on the weekends.
Author Links
Instagram: @MonicaJames
Website: http://monicajamesbooks.blogspot.com.au/


GIVEAWAY:
3 E-Books of FORGETTING YOU, FORGETTING ME on release day

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